(My Top Ten) Family Traditions
Thanks for the request @celestestelle I couldn't get 10, I did get 9.
- •Día De Los MuertosMy favorite tradition would have to be this one. We spend a day (as most Mexicans and many people from Latin America -November 1st/2nd) celebrating the lives of our dead family members. We create an altar for the person and lay out ofrendas like the food they loved, their photos, smelly marigold flowers, and other treats. We don't host it in my house because we don't have many dead relatives (just my great grandmother and we weren't close to her) but we do go to other people's who do host it.
- •Day after the weddingWhen family members get married after the actual wedding is done, and most couples leave for a honeymoon, we actually throw another party the day after the wedding. It's a more intimate party with a ton of drinking and eating. We listen to music, dance, some cousins who are musically talented give us a performance, and tell stories of events that have happened. In Mexico the wedding can be a whole four day (if not more) event. They hire bands to perform, drink all days, eat a ton, and dance.
- •La CuarentenaThis is after you have a baby and it's actually the sweetest tradition. After a woman has a baby she spends about six weeks only dedicated to her baby. She doesn't have sex, family members go to make her meals to eat, family members clean the house/yard/etc, and family members take care of any other children they have. It also takes a load off the father of the child to also spend time with the baby. It's a lot harder to do in the US because everyone is always busy but it still happens.
- •BirthdaysOn birthdays we usually throw a party for the person. The party either has a taquero (which is great because you can order as many tacos and quesadillas as you want. Plus less work for the host) or the host makes tamales/pozole/ birria/ ceviche. There's always a piñata filled with candy and the host makes candy bags for everyone. Once the person is going to bite the cake everyone pushes their face into the cake.
- •Noche BuenaOn the 24th of December we usually have a party where we make a ton of food. We invite friends, family members, and anyone else in between. Everyone brings their gifts and since the party usually lasts until 3am we open the gifts there. The friends that are usually invited are not from Mexico they're from Colombia, Argentina, Nicaragua, and the US because of that we tend to have a mixture of food. We make tamales, ham, mashed potatoes, champurrado, and people bring their traditional food.
- •QuinceañeraWhen a girl (or boy, my cousin also had one) turns 15 there's a party thrown for her and usually there's a mass, a father-daughter dance, emotional speeches, change from flats to heels, and other stuff. My family isn't really religious so for my sister's (I didn't want one) quinceañera we just had the party. We treated it as a regular birthday but with a huge dress. I really loved the simplicity of the party. My other family does do quinceañeras the traditional way, which is still fun.
- •Coffee and photosWhen my grandparents are in town we usually spend a ton of time with aunts, uncles, and cousins. After the sun has gone down we drink a lot of coffee and bring out photos to reminisce. It leads to great stories and most importantly great laughs.
- •Día de ReyesThis day (January 6th) is treated more like Christmas. It's when three kings arrive at your house and leave you presents in your shoes that you leave under your bed. On this day we eat Rosca bread and champurrado. The rosca is ring shaped and inside the bread are plastic babies. Everyone gets a piece and the first person to get a baby has to host a dinner party. The others that find a baby have to bring a dish to the party. It's really fun and also you get to see people try to hide the baby.
- •Tradition I want to be a part of: Día del GritoOn September 16th 1810 the cry for independence occurred in Dolores, Guanajuato Mexico. September 16 is marked as the day of independence for Mexico. In the US many people celebrate it by having parades and parties. My family doesn't really celebrate it but we do watch Peña Nieto (or any other Mexican president) address the nation on tv. I'd like to change that and begin having parties every September 15 that last until the 16th. Make great food, dance, and call my grandparents in Mexico.